"One woman's story as she blogs - and fights back - the zombie apocalypse"
Allison Hewitt and her five colleagues at the Brooks and Peabody Bookstore are trapped together when the zombie outbreak hits. Allison reaches out for help through her blog, writing on her laptop and utilizing the military's emergency wireless network (SNET). It may also be her only chance to reach her mother. But as the reality of their situation sinks in, Allison's blog becomes a harrowing account of her edge-of-the-seat adventures (with some witty sarcasm thrown in) as she and her companions fight their way through ravenous zombies and sometimes even more dangerous humans.
My Thoughts :
If you have ever watched and enjoyed The Walking Dead or Revolution then this a book you will really need to get a hold of. I am not the biggest zombie fan but this book has had some great reviews and I the blurb/cover made me crurious. So when I saw this on Audible I decided to give it a try.
From the very beginning you can't help but think, "What would I do?". It doesn't matter what situation Allison lands herself in while staying alive, you have to wonder if you would do the same thing. If you would be alive or dead in the same situation. Would you be strong enough to keep fighting. As the story progresses you start to form plans in your mind. What options there could be. How you think Allison should continue. Sometimes she even goes the way you would but the majority of the time she totally surprises you and does something either very stupid or extremely heroic. I loved her attitude and stamina.
By the end, like the characters, I felt tired. It was an emotional journey for me as the reader (or in this case listener) but it was an emotional and physical trek for Allison but she seems to cope very well and I guess it is largely because of the blog and the goal she is trying to achieve. Finding her mother keeps her fighting and the comments on the blog keep her going. I thought she was naive to believe that her mother would be alive and I always looked forward to the comments on the blog.
A very well written and thought provoking story with a lot of action and mayhem. There are fun times, sad times and some very messed up times. The most ugly of actions usually being due to human stupidity and greed and not the zombies everyone is trying to survive against. At some points I felt that there were little pieces missing which made me ask questions like 'How do they manage to drive through all the abandoned cars? Wouldn't it be too cramped to get through?" but at the end of the day the story was too compelling to dwell on those little things.
The ending was nice but I would have liked a little more. Maybe a ten year later post on the blog with a little update or even a bit of an expansion on the concept that the blog was being submitted to a publisher. Whichever way I feel it wasn't quite over and all the long journey I wasn't ready to say goodbye. This book is listed as Zombie #1 and I believe that book #2 does in a way continue the story but via another survivor. I will be adding it the wishlist and one day I will check out Sadie Walker's story as well.
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